'I think it's hard to beat me' - Fernando Alonso

'I think it's hard to beat me' - Fernando Alonso

'I think it's hard to beat me' - Fernando Alonso

Fernando Alonso seems uninterested at times, looking for other races elsewhere, while Stoffel Vandoorne seems to be running out of time to prove himself.

The Belgian has yet to out-qualify Alonso in 12 attempts so far in 2018 and 17 overall, going back to the Malaysian Grand Prix in 2017.

The Spaniard was joined by the Iceman at Ferrari in 2014 in what was the first time in 60 years that the Scuderia had fielded two World Champions in the same team following the struggles of Felipe Massa in comparison to Alonso over their four seasons alongside each other.

"I think it's hard to beat me", joked Alonso on the official Formula One website. In 2014 it was six or seven tenths to Kimi every race. He's less than that now. "Certainly for a driver like Fernando, not only do I think that's one of his best traits, but his experience helps him a lot", acknowledged de Ferran. The auto is what it is. "The auto is underperforming", said the two-time World Champion.

"We've been trying to figure out how to progress with the vehicle and how to address some of the balance issues that we've been having", said the former Indy 500 victor. He has shown his talent already.

Vandoorne came into Formula 1 on a high wave of form, winning the GP2 championship in 2015 by 160 points over Alexander Rossi who has since moved over to IndyCar, driving for Andretti Autosport.

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"We know our situation with Stoffel".

McLaren enjoyed a decent start to the season, with Alonso finishing in the points before the rut started to set in at Monaco.

Gil de Ferran, McLaren's new sporting director, concurs with Brown and underlines the inadequacies of the team's MCL33 that have hindered both Vandoorne and Alonso this year. "Being a champion in every series before Formula 1, right now in a hard vehicle with some difficulties last year and this year as well", added the Spaniard.

"As a result of that, not only is the auto not an easy vehicle, but we keep changing things at a very fast pace. For his reputation for you guys, you need to wait and see, or see the result before Silverstone or a year ago in terms of qualifying".

Meanwhile, Alonso is in ninth-place with 44 points having amassed eight finishes in the top-10.

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